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that's "the ed show." the rachel maddow show starts right now. thank you, my friend. thank you for staying home with us for the next hour. sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. local time. a local news station posts a taped interview. he is the republican challenger trying to unseat clare mccaskill. >> if it's a legitimate rain, the female body has ways to shut that down. by 20:0 that afternoon, talking points memo wrote up their comments. republican senate nominee, victims of legitimate rain don't get pregnant. then it was just a matter of time, time rapidly ticking by.
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as of monday, republican senator scott brown was first out of the gate saying mr. akin should resign for nomination. by 12:11 p.m., it is ron johnson. todd akin's statements are reprehensible and inexcusable. he should step aside today. by 1:30 pm, it's the nation nal party. then, a half hour later, carl rove's packs pull their ads from todd akin. then moments later, that committee decided to go beyond it's statement from a few minutes earlier and decided to pull their ads for todd akin as
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well. then by 2:30, mitch mcconnell pulled his support too. he said i believe he should take time with his family to decide if this statement will prevent him from representing the party. by 3:00 p.m., the leader of the republican party said i would step aside. an hour later, todd akin should resign immediately. at 5:30 p.m., someone says he should step down and give conservatives a chance at taking back the senate on november. then it was time to wake up on tuesday morning, and scott walker of wisconsin is saying, we todd akin should step down. at 11:50, richard burr says i
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urge him to withdrawal right now. and at noon, olympia snow is clear as well saying congressman akin should not represent the republican party in this fall's election. just moments later. john mccain says this guy should drop out. ten minutes later, kelly ayotte says akin should step aside now. by 1:00, 45 minutes later, there's a new joint statement from one cities republican senator from missouri and four former republican senators in akin's state in missouri and they say "the right decision is to step aside." todd akin must put the nation
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and his future ahead of everything else and make the right conclusion. after initially only disagreeing with and then chastising him, after 36 hours of everybody else and their mother making a statement, the presidential nominee finally chimes in and says i think akin should exit the senate rate. after that at 5:30, we got a comment from pete sessions saying "i believe that winning the race would mean that todd would not be the that candidate would be on the candidate." in other words, get out. at 6:20, orrin hatch says says he should step out. do you notice a pattern of who is not calling for todd akin to
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get out of the race? democrats. it's not just an absence of calls for him to get out of the race, it's unbridled glee over the prospect of him staying in the race. the conservatives want him to get out. fox news pundants telling him to get out. it's all on the right they're saying he should get out of the race. liberals want him to stay, of course they want this guy as the republican candidate in that senate race for obvious reasons. his democrat opponent, senator claire mccaskill is not rushing him either. >> akin won by a comfortable margin. i really think that for the national party to try to come in
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here and dictate to the republican primary voters that they're going to invalidate their decision, that would be pretty radical and that would be a backlash for the republicans if they did that. >> there is a reason that claire mccaskill is not wearing a it-shirt for him. in the primary, they rap this ad going on and on and on about how many departments and the federal government todd akin wants to cut about and his family values. a true conservative. you hear that republicans? the mccaskill senate wants them to pick todd akin. if you're running against a guy
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like that, forget the head w winds. against a more sane opponent, you might not have a chance, but against him, no problem. it looked bad for the republican party, right. very quickly, if you just scratch the surface, it was obvious this could turn out great for the republicans. if this could be a excuse to force him out of the race, the republicans could replace with a better candidate the guy that was the weakest candidate they had in any theoretically winnable race in the country. and of course, big bonus, in pushing todd akin out, the republicans get to make a big show out of exsponging from the party this one guy. this one bad apple with one crazy position on abortion. as if he is the only extremist
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in the party. it is not but they would love for it to be reported like that. so yo have v that well timed cascade of coordinated reasonable care action. throwing him out of the party was a win-win. get read of a weak candidate and paint him as the only guy in the party that is an extremist on women's issues making those left look less extremist because of his absence. and frankly, it looked like it was going to be a win win for them at the beginning of the weak. it looked like they were going to pull this off and then it all fell apart. first of all, todd akin is not getting out of the race. he held a power summit last night in florida at the site of the republican convention with some of the biggest names on the social conservative right. not only is he not getting out of this race, he's rallying the troops and getting more support and publicity. now that republicans realize he
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is not getting out, they're essentially writing off their chances of winning that missouri seat and looking for other seats they might be able to pick up instead in their attempt to take control of the senate. could tommy thompson win wisconsin. this is a miss. so yeah, todd akin is staying in, not getting out of the race. that's their first big problem. the other part of this strategy, remember i said it's a win-win. the second win is worse for them. and this idea of casting todd akin as the one crazy guy thing, that part failed even harder. this week was supposed to be a ceremonial sacrifice. everybody talk about how crazy todd akin is and denounce him together, and when we get rid of him, it will look like we got
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rid of our crazy problem. it did not work. nobody believes that todd akin is a outliar. they said there is more than 40 republican house senate candidates other than todd akin who want to ban abortion for people that get pregnant from rain or invest. this is not the todd akin problem, it's the todd akin party. when local news covered it, listen to how they covered it. >> ryan like romney distanced himself from akin's remarks but in congress he joined him in opposing abortions even when a woman is rained. >> should they be available to a woman who is rained. >> i'm proud of my record. >> in congress, paul ryan joined todd akin. >> this has not gone according
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to plan in the last few days and that's because a., the press has done it's job, and b, the republican parties position is the todd akin position. they adopt the todd akin policy of no exceptions or emp think for rain and invest victims. since they're about to nominate mitt romney and because he was all over the platform process, does this mean they're running the presidential ticket on todd akin's presidential policy. >> this is the platform of the republican party, not the platform of mitt romney. >> oh, the republican party platform has known to do with the presidential nominee. rnc communications director,
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sean spicer, tried it as well. no exceptions for rain and incest, watch. >> our platform is just a simple set of principals, there's no additional language. so to talk about exceptions or whatever is just not found in the platform. >> our platform not having rain exceptions in it doesn't mean there are no rain exceptions in it -- i know we say we're banning abortions and there's no exceptions, that doesn't mean there's no exceptions. want to try that again? when paul ryan was grilled on the fact that his policy on portion is the exact same as todd akin, here was his answer. >> mitt romney is the top of the ticket, and mitt romney will be president, and he will set the policy of the romney administration. >> so the republican party's
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response so far to the allegation that the romney-ryan ticket embodiys the same views of todd akin, their response has been don't worry that paul ryan shares those views, he has no chance at being president, so elect him vice president. and the platform has nothing to do with the republican party's nominee, and just because the platform has no mention of rain exemptions in it doesn't mean there are not rain exemptions in it. they're now refusing to comment on reports that the anti-abortion doctor, from whom akin got his view has met with mitt romney and paul ryan in recent months. todd akin sited this guy by name as the source of his believes, and the romney campaign has been happy to denounce todd akin and
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say these ideas are crazy, but no reports about meeting with the guy from whom they got the crazy theory. it's just radio science. they're not denying it, explaining if, or saying anything about it. the whole strategy of todd akin is an isolated problem. thinking they can run the whole party against todd akin for their political benefit has failed. that game in rather glorious fashion earlier today. >> political specialist sean boyd just finished an interview with romney literally a couple minutes ago. she is with me now, and you were only one of four local reporters to get to talk to him, and what did you ask him? >> i had about five minutes with him, the one stipulation to the interview that was i not ask him about abortion or todd akin.
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the missouri -- >> the one stipulation was that i not ask him about abortion or todd akin. how did this happen? if this was working the way it was supposed to be working, when the republicans cooked up this plan for dealing with todd akin. they would be scheduling interviews for mitt romney to talk about todd akin and how crazy he is and how much he disagrees with him, that's how you would win that allegation on the war on women thing. by exponging them. that's how you might turn this to appeal to women, right? that's what was supposed to be the good side of this policy for you. you get to look like the guy standing up for women's rights by going after todd akin. instead -- >> the one stipulation was that i not ask him about abortion or
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todd akin. >> that was quick, i sort of hate campaign books now, but when the campaign book is written about the mitt romney campaign in 2012, there will be a chapter on whose genius idea it was to try to turn the todd akin issue into a republican asset. the week before the republican convention, and how it's backfire screwed up any chance of communicating anything else. who came up with this idea to try to message this story this way. who came up with this idea? my money is on eric fernstrum. i'd be happy to talk about it with you if you'd like to call. joining us now is ej diondionne.
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thank you for being here. the reason i did the tick top at the top there of all of the different republican responses to todd akin, using the same language, was to show that this seemed like a clearly coordinated thing for the republican party. do you think it's possible they thought they could turn the lemons into lemonade as it were. >> and i love watching claire mccaskill defend tot akin. for example, you noted that it took mitt romney 36 hours to come to this. and i think that's going to be an issue that's going to play longer. it's the question of does romney have to clear all of his
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positions with the republican right? if he jumped way out in front of this, it may have had an affect. it appeared to take the temperature of the republican right. that's a problem for them. second, i think the mass republican effort against akin, when he refused to drop out, gave the story more juice over the course of the week. as you also pointed out, we would not have the paid any attention at all to this draft republican platform and the language on abortion, but because of the todd akin story and how big it game it became a big story. i think they're going to run into drought among the right to lifers. if you step on line and mess us up, we'll throw you under the bus. i'm waiting to see what some of
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the social conservatives who look at this republican establishment will say you don't cut us any slack. >> i was very surprised by that report about akin meeting with so many people. he was portraying himself as a martyr, they've given really food speaking slots to rick santorum and mike huck bee, somebody they didn't owe anything to and doesn't have a mistire with mitt romney that you think would put them there, but they're trying to front page their positive relationship with social conservatives if there is a revolt on this issue, will it be made known -- >> i don't think it will make itself manifest on the convention floor, but there won't be much news out of the convention. there's a lot of mischief that
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can happen at use conferences at noon, it will be interesting to watch that. i think it shows the box which she in and it's the box that john mccain. he was not the first choice of social conservatives. he has to make more and more of an effort to win them over when he ought to be shaking that etch-a-sketch and trying to appeal to undecides, moderate voters, and women where there is an norm gap. there will be a contradiction. he will have to constantly reassure the social conservatives. >> right up until election day and the thing that will probably most concern independent voters looking at him on those issues is if he will have to keep
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pedaling to keep the conservatives happy. will he have to keep supporting them. thank you for being here, e.j. . i mean it, eric fernstrum you have my number, any time. the romney ryan ticket is in a kwe queasy spot right now. they may be worse than the mccain-palin ticket was. the republicans say they're not worried about these bad poll numbers. don't bother with them, they have it covered. you'll be amazed at how they say they have it covered. hey baby goat... no that's not yours... [ hikers whispering ] ...that's not yours.
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even though they're that loopsided every night. only once in the whole history of their polling and their extremely lopsided results that the ed show text poll produced a result of 100% to 0%. only once. even the hilariously uneven text polls, the zero is very unrom. but the mitt romney ticket trails with african-american voters only has 0%. i'm supposed to say plus or minus the margin of error, but i think it's just plus. it's no surprise that president obama would win a big majority of american voters, but ver owe
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is kind of intense, right? obama and palin got 4%. what are they going? not much, but the fols charge that president obama weakened welfare giving away this hard working white man's money to lazy welfare recipients that obama says don't have to work. it's totally u utterly completely untrue, but it gets the message across. and they have now down five of these ads saying president obama is the president of lazy welfare recipients taking your money. mitt romney is polling at 0% among black voters. given among how he is campaigning, maybe it's a number
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that we can trust. as for latino voters, the romney ryan ticket is polling very poorly. it's 63% to 28%. it's almost the same that mccain and palin lost by. is the republican national convention going to help them at the convention. he wrote in that they want the paper's please law for the whole country after that, the romney immigration advisor celebrated by suing the federal government today trying to stop the president's dream act program that he instituted by executive action over the objections of the republican congress. you can't necessarily say the republicans are in hot pursuit right now. same thing for the
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african-american vote of which they currently enjoy 0%. with less support among black voters, how can the republicans expect to win this time. there is a tactic of some use. it is already organized and apparently funded for this year, and i personally find it creep, and and that story is here, next. wardrobe. cute. then new activia breakfast blend. a great way to help start the day. mmm... creamy lowfat yogurt with grains in yummy breakfast flavors, like apple cinnamon. its hearty, with twice the protein of regular lowfat yogurt and helps regulate your digestive system. our morning routines are important, aren't they? new activia breakfast blend. until i got a job in the big apple. becoming a fulltime indoor cat wasn't easy for atti.
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not long ago, in houston, texas, a group got together and named themselves after this street in boston, kings street. kings street in boston, not texas, as in their old king. five people died in the king street shooting that became known as the boston massacre. houston conservatives founded a tea party group and they named themselves the king street patriots after the site of that bloody confrontation. while much of the tea party movement withered away or just become a name brand part, this
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tea party group has one very other specific thing they're doing that is growing. it's this. true the vote. they call it an anti-voter fraud. you can see they're recruiting, right? you can donate, volunteer. need voter id, do you? equipping citizens to take a change for elections. we found out what they meant by that in houston. >> the county attorney says it's got numerous complaints about ov ov ov overzealous poll watchers. >> they showed that the poll watchers in and around houston tended to be white people and hang around in districts that
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were mostly not white, that were mostly african-american. they were looking down over mostly black crowds and sometimes they wondering around among the voter booths. so many voters and election voters complained about the aggressive ak ticks in those sites, that the u.s. justice department said it would send in federal observers. since then, they have continued training volunteers and left the confines of houston. now true the vote's model for poll watching is in place they say in at least 20 states. the group's tea party organizers say they want to be everybody, coast to coast. they have trained a million poll watchers in time for the november election with no polling place unmanned. a leader reportedly told the national summit that the affect of these volunteers on voters is
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supposed to be like driving and seeing the police behind you -- excuse me, the police following you. come on down to your friendly local polling place and it will be like the police are following you. is this really how we will run the 2012 election? maybe so. true the vote have been holding summits, last month it was in florida. the coke brothers funded americans for prosperity, the king's street tea partiers. colorado's secretary of state, scott gessler was a speaker. the guy in charge of it. and last week, before his true the vote speaking engagement, he wrote to 4,000 colorado voters and told them to either prove
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their eligible to vote or get off the rolls. on saturday, true the vote will hold another summit, this one in ohio. they're trying to make it significantly hard tore vote. they tried to cut the days for early voting in half, and they had to settle for the last three days of early e porting. the republican secretary of state in ohio, john allowed to expand the early voting time. he blocked democratic counties for doing the same. finally, after a lot of public pressure and attention, he decided all right we won't go county by county, we'll have less early voting for everybody. now he has threaten today fire two officials that still want votings on nights and weekends which is especially popular with
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african-americans. so what will he be doing this weekend in occupying his saturday before the republican convention? he will be a speaker at the true the vote summit. the guy running the elections, in the state of ohio, in an election year. that guy, for reals. joining us now is wendi wiser. thank you for being here. >> thank you for having me. >> i know you're not an expert on the history of true the vote, did i get anything wrong that you know of in that intro? >> absolutely not. >> how concerned are you with poll watching efforts and if they constitute poll watching efforts. >> i'm very concerned. there's nothing wrong with people watching the polls and we should be taking all the reasonable steps to stop voter
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fraud, but it's simply not reasonable to allow self appointed political operatives to act as self appointed police officers of our voting process. >> when they got involvemented early ther year. they were very open about the fact that they wanted a big presence. they described that as a victory, which is what they were looking for. is that create any higher standard of anything they have to do to justify putting themselves in polling places like they have? >> this is a problem with the law. we allow partisan political operatives to go in there and challenge voters eligibility on election day to create an intimidating environment with very few standards. this is something that we really need to fix.
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>> is this something left over from something that used to make sense and doesn't any more. has this been part of voter intimidation through voter history? >> many of the laws were put in place for the purpose of keeping down high nor ti vominority vot. in ohio in 1968 we had challenger legislation saying you could challenge people on if they have a distinctive mixture of african blood. that may have made sense in a day when you could tell if they were eligible or not based on their skin color, but we don't have that any more. this is a real --
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>> do you have any advice for summon that feels intimidated by someone in their polls place like that? >> absolutely. this is illegal to discriminate against voters, to intimidate voters, disrupt the polling place, and target people unreasonably for vote suppression. if you see it, you should report it to voting officials and law enforcement officials. we need to be vigilant against this. no matter what the intentions are of the people doing the operations they can and do often slide into use tactics that suppress legitimate votes. >> people need to be confident in their right to vote. wendy wiser, thank you for being
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is. the news cycles skidded and squealed into a sharp turn this week. >> if it's a legitimate rain, the female body has ways to try and shut that whole thing down. after that happened, that's all everybody talked about all week long. there was one bright spot, and that was that for a second, it stopped everybody from talking about last week's big political news. something of mitt romney's that he won't let everybody see. maybe totally embarrassing or exonerating. something that rimes with rax deturns. it's something he can easily end, but he will not, continuously, over and over and over again. it's still going and it's getting worse. there are a million reasons why. but your erectile dysfunction
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we're starting to get the schedules now for the political conventions, and with the caveat that a storm will be bearing down on florida, and that a storm named joyce might be
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bearing down on north carolina during the democratic convention. with all of those caveating, the basic plans are in. on monday night, the major speaker is ann rand paul on that night. tuesday night, the big draw is supposed to be chris christie. that night is also rick santorum and a mess of republican governors who are not chris christie. and thursday, the last night is the big kahuna, mitt romney and marco rubio. they book people to raise their profile, hi ted cruise. or a consolation prize for not winning some other thing. hi, you guys. other people, particularly the less famous people are picked for a certain talking point. but it's all a choreographed thing. everybody who's there and everything they do is designed
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to send a political message. nothing is left to chance. do you want to know who they picked to announce the vice presidential nominee this year? here's a hint. here's what he says when asked what his foreign policy experience is. >> i voted to send people to war. >> yes, you voted for the iraq war. after comparing saddam hussein to hitler and stalin and saying he had wmds and a nuclear program. >> not since hitler, not since stalin have we seen so much evil delivered by one man. this is a cause that we cannot go unanswered. >> so that's hint one. that's what he says is his relevant foreign policy experience for being a heart beat away from the presidency. here's hint number two. that's his top staffer on the campaign, who you may remember as the george w. bush's administration iraq war spokesman. hint number three is the person speaking before paul ryan is
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introduced that night at the convention, jeb bush. so his relevant foreign policy experience is voting for the iraq war. they put his big speech on the night of george w. bush brother's big speech. so who's introducing paul ryan? condoleezza rice. that is how they are rolling out paul ryan. they are rolling him out as if they're rolling him out as paul wolfowitz. they're not going to say beep about our existing war in afghanistan for the whole convention, but they're talking about the iraq war instead. one is for a clean, wedomestic energy future that puts us in control. our abundant natural gas is already saving us money, producing cleaner electricity, putting us to work here in america and supporting wind and solar.
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bright side of todd akin, breathing a soul into abortion politics this week, it pushed out of news cycle about mitt romney's tax returns. want to know what came up in today's news cycle? mitt romney's tax returns. we have not verified that these documents are what they purport to be, but they report to be internal audits, financial statement and private investor letters for some of mr. romney's investment vehicles. they include eight entities that romney invested in in the cayman islands. why base them in the cayman islands? these documents describe how entities are typically set up to avoid u.s. federal taxes and they say under current cayman islands laws the entity doesn't have to pay taxes in the cayman islands, either. this does tell you exactly why somebody would put their money in the cayman islands and might tell you why that person might
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not want to answer questions about putting money in the cayman islands if they were, say, running for the president of the united states and not running for president of the cayman islands. we have known this for a long time, from the one year of tax returns that mr. romney did release. we know some of his investments were offshore, and we know that offshoring stock? the caymans is one of the things you do to avoid paying taxes. now we have this trove of documents that put into black and white the tax avoavoidance benefit of mr. romney's money being in the caymans. they thought they put this story out of the news cycle by announcing paul ryan. but that only worked about a day as a distraction before everyone started talking to them about the tax returns. then the topic moved on to todd akin and pregnancy and pregnancy's connection or lack
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thereof to rape. but now it seems we are moving back to mitt romney's taxes. there's no proof here published in these documents about what totalment amount mr. romney paid in taxes. the documents aren't even proven to be from mitt romney's investments. but he does have cayman islands investments. the reason why someone would want those. as of this weekend in parade magazine which comes out on sunday, the romneys are going to unveil a new explanation as to why america does not need to see any more of their tax returns, thank you very much. mr. romney will explain that he does not want to release his tax returns because he does not want to talk about the money he gives to his church. quote, one of the down sides of releasing one's financial information is this is now public. but we never intended our contributions to be known. it's a very personal thing to ourselves and our commitment to our god and to our church.
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this particular thing used to be the ning mitt romney most wanted to talk about to his taxes. he dependent want to talk about how much he made or reported or paid in taxes, the only thing he wanted you to know about his taxes is he gives 10% of his money to his church. >> the bible speaks about providing tithes and offerings. i made a commitment to my church a long, long time ago that i would give 10% of my money to my church. and i followed through on that commitment. >> mitt is honest, his integrity is just golden. we pay our taxes, we are absolutely -- beyond paying our taxes, we also give 10% of our income to charity. >> over the past ten years, i never paid less than 13%. and if you add in addition the amount that goes to charity, the number gets well above 20%. >> he's a very generous person. we give 10% of our income to our church every year. >> hey, i pay 10% of my income to my church. but now, that specific info

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